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ELL in the Williston School District

There are more than 60English Language Learners (ELLs) ingrades PreK through 8th in the Williston School District. The English as a SecondLanguage (ESL) teacher provides direct instruction and support to the ELL studentsas much as possible, however, English Language Learners spend most of theirschool day in their classrooms. Therefore, ESL teachers also adapt and accommodate class work so ELLs can access thegrade level curriculum/content subject area in a meaningful way.

Melita Sedic-Lawton

My name is Melita Sedic-Lawton and I work as an ELL teacher in Williston Central School.  Before Williston, I worked in Burlington for seven years, serving students as a home-school liaison, classroom teacher and liaison coordinator.   I am originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Former Yugoslavia). I graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Business and received my Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL).  I am also certified in Elementary Education K-6. I enjoy working with students with various backgrounds and learning about their rich life experiences.  I enjoy teaching my students English and helping them reach their English language proficiency in all content areas. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, singing, playing piano, reading and spending time with my family.

Patti Tursi

I work in Allen Brook Elementary School. I teach PreK through grades 2. My teaching emphasis is on building literacy across the curriculum, so all of my students succeed in their classrooms. I have been teaching for over twenty years. I have worked with a large variety of learners in the United States and abroad. I hold a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Saint Michael's College and an endorsement in Reading/Language Arts.